When the holiday season rolls around, our event planners are exceptionally joyous. No doubt they enjoy some delicious holiday party food themselves, but that alone does not account for their excitement. To uncover what delights our talented team as they look forward to curating incredible Chicago holiday parties, we asked them about their experiences.
Well versed in our holiday party menu, our renowned special event planners—Nikki Stavropoulos, Michelle Minucciani, Hannah Malovan and Lauren Walter—shared not only the best aspects of planning holiday celebrations but also their favorite foods.
Inside Access: What Thrills a Creative Holiday Party Team
Cultivating Fun Holiday Party Themes
From food to décor and entertainment, our creative event planners look forward to personalizing holiday parties in a variety of ways. They love interactive holiday party ideas that embrace your style and theme. Incredibly fun and versatile, our event planners are big fans of our custom hot chocolate bar. As Michelle says:
“Who doesn’t want a make-your-own hot chocolate bar with delicious toppings—whipped cream, sprinkles, chocolate curls, candy cane and crushed Oreos.”
We have worked hot chocolate bars into family and company holiday parties with great success—something measured by event organizers like Lauren after “seeing the joy on people’s faces.” This is sure to be the case when your style arrives to a ‘holidays at the lodge theme. And we can help you find the perfect Chicago holiday party venue for this too!
Of course, our fun holiday party menu items extend far beyond a deluxe hot chocolate bar. Michelle and Nikki love our most popular holiday party desserts like:
- Peppermint brownies: Miniature chocolate fudge brownies with a peppermint drizzle
- Gingerbread cookies: Winter tree with white piping and raisins
- Holiday butter cookies: Holiday decorated and hand-made
Enjoyed with a custom hot chocolate or signature cocktail like our candy cane martini, these sweet treats are a simple way to spread good cheer. As Michelle points out, “it does not have to be an elaborate party” to effectively boost morale by enjoying time together. Just some personal touches and creative ideas customized to holiday party themes will create a fun and festive atmosphere. For example, we can transform the ever-popular hot chocolate bar into a white hot chocolate station to complement a white Christmas holiday party theme at Oak Brook Bath & Tennis.
Working with Innovative Holiday Party Appetizers
Our event planners are madly in love with our balsamic tomato jam crostini—one of the four delicious new bites added to our 2017 holiday party menu. Made with honey balsamic tomato jam, black pepper mousse and onion crisps on a savory crostini, this popular appetizer is just a sample of the many innovative small bites our chefs craft using the finest ingredients and a meticulous attention to detail.
Hannah also loves our warm Reuben flatini made with corned beef, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese on lightly toasted flatbread and served with thousand island dipping sauce. Another innovative small bite, this item also nails the 2017 holiday party trend that is “the result of taking everyday snacks and either 1) combining them with cultural fusion food or 2) recreating them in interesting new ways.”
Just thinking about all the amazing holiday party hors d’oeuvres and appetizers our chefs are cooking to be delivered to premier Chicago holiday parties is exciting. And then we remember that our talented chefs are eager to personalize them to your vision, and our imaginative event planners really can’t wait to get started custom designing your menu to match unique holiday party themes.
Embracing the Giving Spirit
Our experienced event planners take great pride in their work all year round. But the holiday season’s spirit of giving makes planning and executing flawless events extra satisfying. As Hannah says, “Our clients want everything to be perfect and it is great to see the end result and how everything comes together” in a way that shows appreciation for colleagues, family and friends.
Nikki has seen top company holiday party activities and cozy seasonal food give employees the recognition and rewards they so much deserve. And we have also witnessed employees pay forward these gifts through generous contributions to our Elk Grove community. With an enduring commitment to our core values and community involvement, it is always a true pleasure to help inspire others to embrace the spirit of giving.
If you would like our friendly Chicago catering team to bring the highest-quality food and service to your holiday party, contact us online or give us a call at 847.593.2000.